Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.
Vices are those acts by which a man harms himself or his property. Crimes are those acts by which one man harms the person or property of another.
The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
Vices are their own punishment
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
Through tattered clothes, small vices do appear. Robes and furred gowns hide all.
I prefer an interesting vice to a virtue that bores.
Vices are simply the errors which a man makes in his search after his own happiness. Unlike crimes, they imply no malice toward others, and no interference with their persons or property.
No company is preferable to bad. We are more apt to catch the vices of others than virtues, as disease is far more contagious than health.
So much of our lives is given over to the consideration of our imperfections that there is no time to improve our imaginary virtues. The truth is we only perfect our vices, and man is a worse creature when he dies than he was when he was born.
Music is the only sensual pleasure without vice.
Let thy vices die before thee.
As a stick, when once it is dry and stiff you may break it, but you can never bend it into a straighter posture; so doth the man become incorrigible who is settled and stiffened into vice.
Vice gets more in this vicious world than piety.
A lot of vices that I've had over the years were always to make up for some sort of character deficiency, one of them being shyness.
The virtue of some people consists wholly in condemning the vices in others.
Government is an evil; it is only the thoughtlessness and vices of men that make it a necessary evil. When all men are good and wise, government will of itself decay.
As the most extravagant errors were received among the established articles of their faith, so the most infamous vices obtained in their practice, and were indulged not only with impunity, but authorized by the sanction of their laws.
Let them show me a cottage where there are not the same vices of which they accuse the courts.
He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
How like herrings and onions our vices are in the morning after we have committed them.
Although all the good arts serve to draw man's mind away from vices and lead it toward better things, this function can be more fully performed by this art, which also provides extraordinary intellectual pleasure.
We do not despise all those who have vices, but we do despise those that have no virtue.
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